The Truth About Cars » Tires http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Piston Slap: Studded vs Studless vs All Season? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/piston-slap-studded-vs-studless-vs-season/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/piston-slap-studded-vs-studless-vs-season/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1330529 Jeremy writes: Hi Sajeev, My mother-in-law just moved from Ft. Meyers, FL to Akron, OH with her Mini Clubman S to be closer to her granddaughter. As a proud British person, she loves the car but is concerned about Midwest/lake effect winters and was thinking of getting a CUV/SUV. Having been a loyal reader of […]

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Jeremy writes: Hi Sajeev, My mother-in-law just moved from Ft. Meyers, FL to Akron, OH with her Mini Clubman S to be closer to her granddaughter. As a proud British person, she loves the car but is concerned about Midwest/lake effect winters and was thinking of getting a CUV/SUV. Having been a loyal reader of […]

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Piston Slap: Why Replace Parts In Pairs? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/piston-slap-replace-parts-pairs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/piston-slap-replace-parts-pairs/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1329785 David writes: Over the last few years, I’ve had work done on my ’99 Ford F-150 at various places near my work. It seems that when a wear item goes (like ball joints), the mechanic wants to replace absolutely everything in the system — tie rods, pitman arm, trailing arm, etc. Or when the left […]

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David writes: Over the last few years, I’ve had work done on my ’99 Ford F-150 at various places near my work. It seems that when a wear item goes (like ball joints), the mechanic wants to replace absolutely everything in the system — tie rods, pitman arm, trailing arm, etc. Or when the left […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Volkswagen Sees a Savior, Goodyear Dreams of Spheres, and Toyota Shakes It Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-man-takes-scary-job-goodyear-dreams-spheres-toyota-shakes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-man-takes-scary-job-goodyear-dreams-spheres-toyota-shakes/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1295514 An American man will soon enjoy the task of making people love his controversial company again. That, Goodyear’s been watching I, Robot, Toyota shatters its corporate structure, sentiment grows for better braking, and the feds say the airbag recall has gone far enough … after the break! Volkswagen hires (they hope) Mr. Fix-It It’s a […]

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An American man will soon enjoy the task of making people love his controversial company again. That, Goodyear’s been watching I, Robot, Toyota shatters its corporate structure, sentiment grows for better braking, and the feds say the airbag recall has gone far enough … after the break! Volkswagen hires (they hope) Mr. Fix-It It’s a […]

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2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review – Take Two! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-toyota-4runner-trd-pro-review-take-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-toyota-4runner-trd-pro-review-take-two/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:50:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279802 Since the introduction of its fifth generation, the Toyota 4Runner has been sold in three flavors: the base SR5, the loaded Limited, and the off-road focused Trail. But Toyota has a history of making small batches of special edition models and, for 2015, the carmaker showed off the Trail-based TRD Pro. The TRD Pro featured unique suspension […]

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Since the introduction of its fifth generation, the Toyota 4Runner has been sold in three flavors: the base SR5, the loaded Limited, and the off-road focused Trail. But Toyota has a history of making small batches of special edition models and, for 2015, the carmaker showed off the Trail-based TRD Pro. The TRD Pro featured unique suspension […]

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Tire Test: BFGoodrich KO2 in the Snowy Hills of Maine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/tire-test-bfgoodrich-ko2-snowy-hills-maine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/tire-test-bfgoodrich-ko2-snowy-hills-maine/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1266473 BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain T/A tires can be found everywhere, from your local construction site to the most grueling of off-road races. I’ve fitted some of my trucks with the original KO and used them on and off-road, so I was curious what improvements BFGoodrich could bring to its latest iteration: the new KO2. BFGoodrich brought me up […]

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BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain T/A tires can be found everywhere, from your local construction site to the most grueling of off-road races. I’ve fitted some of my trucks with the original KO and used them on and off-road, so I was curious what improvements BFGoodrich could bring to its latest iteration: the new KO2. BFGoodrich brought me up […]

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Andrew Comrie-Picard Q&A: ‘If It’s Good for the Road, It’s Probably Good for Rally’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/andrew-comrie-picard-qa-good-road-probably-good-rally/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/andrew-comrie-picard-qa-good-road-probably-good-rally/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1175602 Andrew Comrie-Picard, also known simply as ACP, is a rally champion and team owner, stunt driver, TV host, former Pikes Peak International Hillclimb record holder and BFGoodrich tire spokesman. We asked him about his experience in rally, how he sets up cars and how it pertains to road cars. Question: You learned how to drive […]

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Andrew Comrie-Picard, also known simply as ACP, is a rally champion and team owner, stunt driver, TV host, former Pikes Peak International Hillclimb record holder and BFGoodrich tire spokesman. We asked him about his experience in rally, how he sets up cars and how it pertains to road cars. Question: You learned how to drive […]

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US Tire Makers Oppose New Restrictions On Chinese Tires – It’s A Union Thing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/us-tire-makers-oppose-new-restrictions-chinese-tires-union-thing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/us-tire-makers-oppose-new-restrictions-chinese-tires-union-thing/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1116081 The United States International Trade Commission issued a split 3-3 ruling on a petition regarding Chinese tires filed by the United Steel Workers under U.S. Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) laws. That means that — in all likelihood — the United States will put tariffs or other controls on tires imported from China. Counterintuitively, not one […]

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The United States International Trade Commission issued a split 3-3 ruling on a petition regarding Chinese tires filed by the United Steel Workers under U.S. Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) laws. That means that — in all likelihood — the United States will put tariffs or other controls on tires imported from China. Counterintuitively, not one […]

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Piston Slap: The Cons of Recon Before Trade-in? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-cons-recon-trading/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-cons-recon-trading/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1113713 TTAC commentator cwallace writes: Sajeev, Here’s what’s probably an easy question for you: Is it ever worth the money to update wear items on a car before trading it in? My trusty 2007 Accord EX V6 is suddenly about to cost me some real money. With 154,000 miles on it, the tires are about shot, […]

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TTAC commentator cwallace writes: Sajeev, Here’s what’s probably an easy question for you: Is it ever worth the money to update wear items on a car before trading it in? My trusty 2007 Accord EX V6 is suddenly about to cost me some real money. With 154,000 miles on it, the tires are about shot, […]

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Piston Slap: Minivan or SUV to Take the “A” Liner? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-10/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-10/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 11:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1074810   Clark writes: Sajeev, We plan on buying a hard-side folding camper (a.k.a. an Aliner) with a dry weight of about 2,100 lbs. Which minivan or SUV would you recommend? Sajeev answers: I would be remiss if I didn’t admit I kinda want a pop-up camper to tow behind my Ranger. Kinda the same thing…sorta. Anyway, if […]

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  Clark writes: Sajeev, We plan on buying a hard-side folding camper (a.k.a. an Aliner) with a dry weight of about 2,100 lbs. Which minivan or SUV would you recommend? Sajeev answers: I would be remiss if I didn’t admit I kinda want a pop-up camper to tow behind my Ranger. Kinda the same thing…sorta. Anyway, if […]

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Piston Slap: A Tale of Mastercrafted, Aftermarket Dubs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-tale-mastercrafted-aftermarket-dubs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-tale-mastercrafted-aftermarket-dubs/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:18:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1038753 Jimmy writes: I hope this new year finds you well. Back in 2007 I bought a new Hyundai Santa Fe. Nothing special, no ABS or four wheel drive. But it did have 20”s on it with low profile 12 inch wide tires. Later that year I had the chance to drive it in the snow. First […]

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Jimmy writes: I hope this new year finds you well. Back in 2007 I bought a new Hyundai Santa Fe. Nothing special, no ABS or four wheel drive. But it did have 20”s on it with low profile 12 inch wide tires. Later that year I had the chance to drive it in the snow. First […]

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Review: 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/review-2015-subaru-outback-2-5i-premium/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/review-2015-subaru-outback-2-5i-premium/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=995058 The SUV craze of the 1990s caught Subaru by surprise. The company simply did not have a product that everyone wanted. The North American division of Fuji Heavy Industries had no choice but to play the cards they were dealt.  The engineers looked into the VW Golf Country 4×4 for inspiration, then took a Legacy […]

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The SUV craze of the 1990s caught Subaru by surprise. The company simply did not have a product that everyone wanted. The North American division of Fuji Heavy Industries had no choice but to play the cards they were dealt.  The engineers looked into the VW Golf Country 4×4 for inspiration, then took a Legacy […]

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Piston Slap: Divorced Sleeper Flew The Coupe? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-divorced-sleeper-flew-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-divorced-sleeper-flew-coupe/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:21:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=963722   TTAC Commentator raresleeper writes: Hello, Sajeev! I need your wisdom and sound advice, Kind Sir. After what could be called a much needed separation from my wife (undoubtedly the beginning of a very long divorce proceeding), I purchased myself a vehicle. A 2006 Accord Coupe v6 6-Speed. On cold mornings, I have noticed that […]

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  TTAC Commentator raresleeper writes: Hello, Sajeev! I need your wisdom and sound advice, Kind Sir. After what could be called a much needed separation from my wife (undoubtedly the beginning of a very long divorce proceeding), I purchased myself a vehicle. A 2006 Accord Coupe v6 6-Speed. On cold mornings, I have noticed that […]

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Piston Slap: Suspension Wear and Tear to Infiniti? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/piston-slap-9/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/piston-slap-9/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:32:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=946522   TTAC Commentator CoreyDL writes: Hey Sajeev, I have had several questions floating around in my head for quite a while about proper suspension maintenance. My story begins a couple of cars ago when I couldn’t find answers, and ends here with this multi-part, OCD-approved question. My 09 M35x has just gone over 56,000 miles […]

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  TTAC Commentator CoreyDL writes: Hey Sajeev, I have had several questions floating around in my head for quite a while about proper suspension maintenance. My story begins a couple of cars ago when I couldn’t find answers, and ends here with this multi-part, OCD-approved question. My 09 M35x has just gone over 56,000 miles […]

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Piston Slap: 4Runner to A New Life? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/piston-slap-4runner-to-a-new-life-one-last-trip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/piston-slap-4runner-to-a-new-life-one-last-trip/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:49:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=873921   TTAC Commentator Ralph Schpoilschport writes: Hi Sajeev, Got a quick one for you and only asking because you begged!  But.  I am preparing to make a 3000 mile one-way trip from beautiful Vermontto, well, not so beautiful southern CA.  My rig is a 1997 Toyota 4Runner (V6, 5 speed manual).  Known problems: leaking rear diff (rust cracks) […]

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  TTAC Commentator Ralph Schpoilschport writes: Hi Sajeev, Got a quick one for you and only asking because you begged!  But.  I am preparing to make a 3000 mile one-way trip from beautiful Vermontto, well, not so beautiful southern CA.  My rig is a 1997 Toyota 4Runner (V6, 5 speed manual).  Known problems: leaking rear diff (rust cracks) […]

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Piston Slap: Affalterbach’s A-faltering Headlight! (Part II) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-affalterbachs-a-faltering-headlight-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-affalterbachs-a-faltering-headlight-part-ii/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=633586 Martin writes: Hi Sajeev, I just wanted to follow up the post with the resolution.  I’m not sure if this is important to you all, but I see that it’s an issue with Bimmers sometimes as well.  I switched the bulbs from right to left.  My passenger side light had been flickering off.  When I […]

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Martin writes: Hi Sajeev, I just wanted to follow up the post with the resolution.  I’m not sure if this is important to you all, but I see that it’s an issue with Bimmers sometimes as well.  I switched the bulbs from right to left.  My passenger side light had been flickering off.  When I […]

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Weakened By Obama’s Union Coddling, Cooper Tires Is Sold To The Indians http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/weakened-by-obamas-union-coddling-cooper-tires-is-sold-to-the-indians/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/weakened-by-obamas-union-coddling-cooper-tires-is-sold-to-the-indians/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:34:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491730 Cooper tires is becoming another victim of President Obama’s much too cozy relationship with the union machine. Cooper Tires was bought by an Indian company. After President Obama sent a thank you to the Steelworkers Union and slapped an absolutely brain-dead punitive tariff of tires coming from China, a few things happened: Imports of low-cost […]

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Cooper tires is becoming another victim of President Obama’s much too cozy relationship with the union machine. Cooper Tires was bought by an Indian company. After President Obama sent a thank you to the Steelworkers Union and slapped an absolutely brain-dead punitive tariff of tires coming from China, a few things happened: Imports of low-cost […]

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Piston Slap: Better Steering without the Better Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/piston-slap-better-steering-without-the-better-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/piston-slap-better-steering-without-the-better-car/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:20:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490520 Oliver writes: Sajeev, In December of 2011, through an unfortunate chain of events, I became the not-so-proud owner of a 2007 Malibu. True to its origin as an ex-fleet car, it is saddled with the miserly 4-banger engine rather than the still-slow-but-adequate V6. The only positive attributes of this car are its cheap cost to […]

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Oliver writes: Sajeev, In December of 2011, through an unfortunate chain of events, I became the not-so-proud owner of a 2007 Malibu. True to its origin as an ex-fleet car, it is saddled with the miserly 4-banger engine rather than the still-slow-but-adequate V6. The only positive attributes of this car are its cheap cost to […]

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Building An Icon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/building-an-icon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/building-an-icon/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:40:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485331 The Nike Swoosh. The McDonalds Golden Arches. The Chevy Bowtie. When you see them, you know them. Decades and billions of dollars are dedicated to make a ride on the freeway or, a walk in a park, a frequent subliminal reminder of how worthy a given brand is of your time. Firestone is just beginning […]

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The Nike Swoosh. The McDonalds Golden Arches. The Chevy Bowtie. When you see them, you know them. Decades and billions of dollars are dedicated to make a ride on the freeway or, a walk in a park, a frequent subliminal reminder of how worthy a given brand is of your time. Firestone is just beginning […]

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Piston Slap: Limited Use but Unlimited Potential? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-limited-use-but-unlimited-potential/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-limited-use-but-unlimited-potential/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484077 TTAC commentator jdmcomp writes: I own a Jaguar (Ford Era) that gets driven only about once a week, with jaunts of a few miles to several hundred. I keep syn oil in the engine. I have owned this car for several years and the only problem to date is the flat spotting of the tires. […]

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TTAC commentator jdmcomp writes: I own a Jaguar (Ford Era) that gets driven only about once a week, with jaunts of a few miles to several hundred. I keep syn oil in the engine. I have owned this car for several years and the only problem to date is the flat spotting of the tires. […]

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Piston Slap: A Power Ram Split Decision? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-a-power-ram-split-decision/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/piston-slap-a-power-ram-split-decision/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:19:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479840 Douglas writes: Sajeev, Here’s some fodder for Piston Slap. Situation: I have a 1993 Dodge Power Ram 250, 103k miles, base model, so about the only thing it has in the way of amenities is AC. It’s got a 5.2l Magnum (318), mated to a NV4500 with a NP241 transfer case. It came from Arizona […]

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Douglas writes: Sajeev, Here’s some fodder for Piston Slap. Situation: I have a 1993 Dodge Power Ram 250, 103k miles, base model, so about the only thing it has in the way of amenities is AC. It’s got a 5.2l Magnum (318), mated to a NV4500 with a NP241 transfer case. It came from Arizona […]

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Mazda CX-5 Impacted By Tire Shortage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/mazda-mx-5-impacted-by-tire-shortage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/mazda-mx-5-impacted-by-tire-shortage/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:47:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457442 Mazda’s new CX-5 SUV is enjoying brisk sales in Japan, and Mazda can’t keep up with the demand. Waiting times of five months or longer were common, says The Nikkei [sub], especially for the top trim lines with fuel-saving diesel engines and leather seats. Mazda would love to deliver them a little faster – but […]

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Mazda’s new CX-5 SUV is enjoying brisk sales in Japan, and Mazda can’t keep up with the demand. Waiting times of five months or longer were common, says The Nikkei [sub], especially for the top trim lines with fuel-saving diesel engines and leather seats. Mazda would love to deliver them a little faster – but […]

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New Or Used?: Living In A Cheapskate Paradise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/new-or-used-living-in-a-cheapskate-paradise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/new-or-used-living-in-a-cheapskate-paradise/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:13:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454214 I currently drive a 2005 MINI Cooper S convertible. I’ve been swapping winter/summer tires for the past few years but I was thinking that this year I might get a beater car for the harsher weather months. The combination of FWD and wear and tear on the fabric roof are my main reasons for these considerations. I live in […]

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I currently drive a 2005 MINI Cooper S convertible. I’ve been swapping winter/summer tires for the past few years but I was thinking that this year I might get a beater car for the harsher weather months. The combination of FWD and wear and tear on the fabric roof are my main reasons for these considerations. I live in […]

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Piston Slap: An “Occasional Jaunt” on…Winter Tires? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/piston-slap-an-occasional-jaunt-onwinter-tires/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/piston-slap-an-occasional-jaunt-onwinter-tires/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:23:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435419   Anonymous writes: Sajeev, Recently I picked up a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 winter tires for my 2006 Mitsubishi Evolution IX GSR (lightly modded at approximately 350 whp/320 wtq) and unfortunately I was unable to get a “V” speed rating in winter tires as they only came in “H”. http://www.bridgestonetire.com/productdetails/TireSubBrand/Blizzak_LM-60 How dead-set are those […]

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  Anonymous writes: Sajeev, Recently I picked up a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 winter tires for my 2006 Mitsubishi Evolution IX GSR (lightly modded at approximately 350 whp/320 wtq) and unfortunately I was unable to get a “V” speed rating in winter tires as they only came in “H”. http://www.bridgestonetire.com/productdetails/TireSubBrand/Blizzak_LM-60 How dead-set are those […]

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Piston Slap: Financial Traction, AWD Distraction? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/piston-slap-financial-traction-or-awd-distraction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/piston-slap-financial-traction-or-awd-distraction/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:39:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=430555   John writes: Hey Sajeev, Since you requested goofy questions for Piston Slap, I’ve got one: A friend of mine told me that her dad had a Subaru (I don’t know what particular model). He had one of the tires blow out, and even though he knew he should either replace all four tires, or […]

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  John writes: Hey Sajeev, Since you requested goofy questions for Piston Slap, I’ve got one: A friend of mine told me that her dad had a Subaru (I don’t know what particular model). He had one of the tires blow out, and even though he knew he should either replace all four tires, or […]

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Are You Ready For: The Self-Inflating Tire? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-self-inflating-tire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-self-inflating-tire/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:48:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406908 You know those things that you never thought you needed, but once you had them you realized you never wanted to live without them again? According to Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer, it’s time to get ready for another such technology: “A tire that can maintain its own inflation is […]

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You know those things that you never thought you needed, but once you had them you realized you never wanted to live without them again? According to Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer, it’s time to get ready for another such technology: “A tire that can maintain its own inflation is […]

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